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                                             Easter Sunday Service  


Personal Meditation:  “Until love becomes what Christianity is all about, we can make no sense of Jesus’s death and resurrection.”  Stanley Hauerwas    


PRELUDE                             “Easter Morning”                             Organist


EASTER PREAMBLE (The sanctuary remains semi-dark as we quietly       

                                     remember the silence of the tomb)-


THE PSALM OF THE CROSS  22:1; 8; 14-15




THE LIGHT OF THE RESURRECTION                                        John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the

Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came

into being through him, and without him not one thing came into

being.   What has come into being in him was life, and the life was

the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the

darkness did not overcome it. 


THE DANCE OF LIGHT AND LIFE          “Morning Has Broken”


Easter Celebration


EASTER FANFARE                                                                       Organist

                        Presentation of Easter Lilies                                          




CHORAL ANTHEM                                                             Chancel Choir  “Arise Your Light Has Come”        (Danner)                       

Brad Dawson, Lane Moe, Abby Kennemer, trumpets; Renetta

Dawson, horn; Katie Glading, Josh Hermes, trombones; Kevin

Davidson and Nick Davidson, percussion.


*OPENING HYMN OF PRAISE                                                  UMH#302

                          “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”



Leader:  Christ has risen!

People:  Christ has risen indeed!


WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS                             Rev. Mike Rose             





TIME FOR CHRIST’S YOUNG DISCIPLES                                  Jo Swayne                     

This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine. This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine. This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.





Prayer of Dedication

Feed the Fish                          for “Blessing Bags”    

Offertory                               “Song of Life”                                   Organist                                             

*Doxology    “Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow”    UMH #95

*Prayer of Thanksgiving


*HYMN OF RESPONSE                                                           UMH#322

                        “Up from the Grave He Arose”


*GOSPEL READING                                                           John 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”  Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.  The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb.  He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.  Then the disciples returned to their homes.  But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.  They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”  She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”  When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?”  Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!”  She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!”  (which means Teacher).  Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.  But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. 


SERMON                 “He Saw and Believed”                      Rev. Mike Rose


*CLOSING HYMN OF RESPONSE           “He Lives”                  UMH#310                                            




*POSTLUDE                                  “Celebration”                            Organist


Prayer Concerns:

Janis Baker (Chelsea Dickey’s grandmother)            

Julie Salm       

Elmo Lund                                                             Paul McRae

Jan Pafford (Carol Pitner’s sister)                   Phil Stahlman

Nancy Bates                                                    Ron Herrman

Pam Gillen                                                             

Continuing Prayer Concerns:             Phyllis Bloss

Steve Miller                                        Wade Jeffery

Dianna Jennings                                 J.R. Grabbe

Ruth Patterson                                   Sue Jones

Betsy Losey                                         John Chamberlain

Francis Catney                                   




Have you ever considered joining the Altar Foundation?  Gifts are based on $1 per year of Methodism in Hays, or $144 for 2017.  Gifts are endowed and grants are approved from the funds to further the mission of Hays First United Methodist Church.  Already a sustaining member…Thanks for joining!


Jacinda Johnson & Eric Leuschner, Carl & Sue Boldra, Ernie & Pam Bryant, Jim & Corrine Clark, Sheryl Dreiling, Delbert Stanton, Lawrence and Louise Younger, Shirley Adams, Jeff & Marla Copper, Keith & Renee Eilts, Keith & Kathy Harper, Ken & Becky Johnson, Curt & Jennifer Kitson, Bill & Betsy Losey, Carolyn Miller, Steve & Marva Miller, Paul & Nancy Jones, Ron & Carol Katt, Ken & Dottie Kraus, Mike & Jill Arensdorf, Greg & Gwen Daughhetee, Betty Innes, Larry Good, Harold & Virginia Kraus, Mark & Melanie Bannister, Gary & Sheryl Blair, Lynn Fisher, Mike & Laura Gaughan, Dave & Karen Hendrickson, Ralph & Lorraine Howerton, Virginia Lehman, Gail & Linda Palmberg, Phil & Linda Stahlman, Garner & Nancy Berg, Verona Chapman, Mike & Donna Cooper, Rodney Ruff, Shirley Smith, Rick & Diane Wolfe, Derrick & Valerie Yu, Jim & Hannah Barrett, Ed & Dixie Janzen, Mike & Sharolyn Legleiter, Steve & Julie Paul, Bill & Rita Barker, Joe & Sue Dolezal, Arris & Virginia Johnson, Shirley Green, Wilmer & Lorena Kellogg, Lance & Cathy Russell, Elton & Wendy Beougher, Lois Lutz, Marcia Bannister & Ken Griffin, Eric & Carol Harfmann,  Bonnie Dilley, Joe & Jan Edwards, Lee Fisher, Tom & Deb McDonald.



Today:    7:30  a.m.   Easter Sunrise Services

8:30 &  10:45  a.m.   Worship Services

               9:30  a.m.    Sunday School – Easter Egg Hunt

               9:30  a.m.    Youth Sunday School – Youth Center

               9:30  a.m.    Coffee time parlor

               5:15  p.m.    NO Confirmation Class – dining room

               6:00  p.m.    NO GAB, “Girlfriends and the Bible” Youth Room


             12:00   p.m.    America Red Cross Blood Drive – dining room  


               9:00  a.m.    Quilters                                

              10:30  a.m.    Praise & Prayer

              11:00  a.m.    Cedar View

               1:00  p.m.    Worship Committee - parlor                                                                      


                5:00  p.m.   W.O.W. - 5-6 p. m. meal (chicken enchiladas, chips, salad,

                                                               dessert cups)                                       

                6:15  p.m.   W.O.W. programming                            

               6:20  p.m.    Bell Choir                        

                7:15  p.m.    Chancel Choir – Fellowship Hall


               7:00  p.m.    Trustees – church parlor            


               9:15  a.m.    United Methodist Women Spring Brunch – dining room


       04-09-17 Worship Attendance  557               04-09-17 Sunday School  106   

       04-10-16 Worship Attendance  462               04-10-16 Sunday School  119  

                          Offering last Sunday                         $12,593.00          

                          Needed weekly to meet budget     $11,100.00

                         Easter Offering (Palm Sunday)        $  1,285.00    

          Budget Needs to Date  $166,500.00  Offering to Date  $148,623.00

                      Feed the Hungry was $1,780.00 and 20 food items.


               Community Assistance Center is in desperate need of food.                                                               


               Greeters:  8:30  Steve Wood     10:45  Harold & Virginia Kraus                  


              A warm welcome to our guests.  You honor us with your presence!


             The nursery is available during both worship services.                                                 


Next Sunday, April 23 – Boy Scout Venture Crew Fundraiser following second service.  Will be serving pancakes, sausage and eggs in the church dining room.


NAMI program on suicide on April 19,  7 p.m., Robbins Center


There will be a new member Joining Sunday on April 30th.  If you are interested in joining Hays FUMC, please call the church office at 625-3408.


Please call the church office and let us know of family members that will be graduating from colleges and universities this spring.


Camp Sunday is  April 23 and that means…Camp Fund Bake Sale!!  If you like to bake, you are invited to bring baked goods.  If you like to eat, you are invited to buy baked goods:) All freewill donations will be used to pay for half of the registration fees for our church kids this summer!


The Missions Committee is collecting items for “Blessing Bags” to be given to homeless or transient people.  If you can bring any of the following items from now through April 23, please place in the container in the parlor.  Items needed:  granola bars, gum, mints, beef jerky, individually wrapped hand wipes.  Thank you!


Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home 20 Year Anniversary celebration Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m.  204 W 7th. Prayer vigil, tours and refreshments.


Healthy Congregations Annual Retreat April 28-29, Junction City.  Register online at




TODAY is the deadline for Outreach articles.


All women of the church are invited to the United Methodist Women’s Spring Brunch on Saturday, April 22 at 9:15 a.m. Program will be “For Such A Time As This” presented by Pastor Becky Saddler, Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Hope you can join us!